Collaborative academic/practitioner research in project management: Examples and applications

Derek H.t. Walker, Frank T. Anbari, Christophe Bredillet, Jonas Söderlund, Svetlana Cicmil, Janice Thomas

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a cost-benefit interpretation of academic-practitioner research by describing and analysing several recent relevant examples of academic-practitioner research with a focus on doctoral theses carried out at universities and business schools in clusters of research centred in North America, Australia and Europe. Design/methodology/approach – Using case study examples, a value proposition framework for undertaking collaborative research for higher degree level study is developed and presented. Findings – Value proposition benefits from this level of collaborative research can be summarised as enhancing competencies at the individual and organisational level as well as providing participating universities with high-quality candidates/students and opportunities for industry engagement. The project management (PM) professional bodies can also extend PM knowledge but they need to be prepared to provide active support. Practical implications – A model for better defining the value proposition of collaborative research from a range of stakeholder perspectives is offered that can be adapted for researchers and industry research sponsors. Originality/value – Few papers offer a value proposition framework for explaining collaborative research benefits. This paper addresses that need.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-192
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Managing Projects in Business
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr. 2008


  • Knowledge transfer
  • Management research
  • Project management
  • Research work


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